Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka
Bundala National Park is located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka and is a great choice for birders being a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve as well as an Important Bird Area designated by Birdlife International. Its landscape is vast and consists of five saltwater lagoons, scrub jungles and dunes. It has a low country dry zone climate and is also the very first Ramsar Site in Sri Lanka (A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated of international importance under the Ramsar Convention). December to April tends to be the park’s high season.
At the height of migration vibrant bird species number almost 200 (around 60 are migratory). A highlight is the stunning greater flamingos that migrate to Sri Lanka in their thousands to escape winter.
As it is a wildlife based excursion, there is obviously no guarantee as to the type or amount of birds you will get to see during your visit. However, it could include little: Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters, Red Shank, Green Shank, Spot-Billed Pelican, Blue-Faced Malkoha, Brahminiy Kite, Crested-Hawk Eagle, and the Brown Strikes. You may also see some the many species of cormorants, ducks, such as the lesser Whistling Duck or Garganey, Spoonbills, Storks such as the Painted Stork or the rare Black-Necked Stork, the impressive Open-Billed Stork, the Great Thick-Knee and other birds like the Eurasian Coot.